I am one of those guys who likes to look at backyards. And I like to see what folks are growing in their gardens.
Believe it or not, there are others who do the same. Some of them even write academic papers.
|Survey of 75 gardens in five different "zones" in Honduras. Percentage of gardens that had various food-producing species in the sample. *|
The first annual plant that comes in on the list is "Squash" at number 8 which seems really low. The authors of the paper write the following about the low percentage of annual vegetables in Honduras.
While these (traditional annual) vegetables provide vitamins which are frequently deficient in Honduran diets, annual gardens cannot survive extreme conditions (drought, erosion). A poor gardening year could bring an end to the project before seeds are produced or all the seeds are consumed before the next growing season. Hondurans are aware of this, and the poorest Hondurans are not willing to take the risks that an annual vegetable gardens represent...
Later in the paper they also write
In most areas of Honduras, people allow chickens, pigs, cows, burros, and sometimes horses to wander freely. For this reason, most of the yards were fenced with barbed wire or stone
Annuals or seedlings are more vulnerable to damage from free-range animals, monkeys and birds than perennial or woody crops.
Plants were also frequently used as barriers. Cacti, agave, sanseveria, giant yucca, mimosa, Japanese poinsettia, various aralias and crotons were the plants most frequently used as fencing material.